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Illustration of the 1920s Flapper sitting alone at an outdoor cafe having tea and looking lonely and sad.
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(watercolor illustration on paper, 11X14, 2007)

"The Lonely Flapper"

I painted the Lonely Flapper after I did the unthinkable - while visiting a friend in New York I had lunch by myself. I know that it might sound silly to you and I know that millions of people do it every day, but it was a first for me. To prepare myself I bought a magazine, walked in (quite bravely) into the restaurant, took a deep breath and asked for a table for one in a casual voice meant to convince the hostess that eating by myself is the most natural thing for me to do. Guess what? It turned out that eating in a restaurant by yourself is not that much different than eating by yourself at home. Actually, it's even better, since you don't have to do the dishes afterwards.

Anyway, after my trip I came home and came up with a concept for a watercolor illustration of a woman sitting alone in a restaurant. Somehow, as I was painting she started looking lonely rather than alone. I decided it must be because she just broke up with her boyfriend and being surrounded by chatty happy couples she thinks about him and feels sorry for herself. I imagined that in a moment she will realize what a fool she was to let him go. I even thought she might go see him as soon as she finishes her afternoon tea. Of course, he'll forgive her, they'll eventually get married and live happily ever after for the next fifty years.

"Remember we're all in this alone."
Lily Tomlin

"Language... has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone."
Paul Tillich

"We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone."
Orson Welles

"The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved."
Mother Teresa